17 Mar 2021

The ISM Code is the International Code for the safe Operation of Ships and Prevention of Pollution, more popularly knows as the International Safety Management Code. The most recent revision of the code was released in 2018 that provides updates to the Resolutions included as amendments to the code. The ISM Code specifies the methods to attain ISM certification. The regulations were dr...

22 Feb 2021

Captain IJ Arora
Exclusions to what an organization does were integral to the ISO 9001 standard prior to the 2015 version update. After all an organization cannot do all the work. Clause 7.1.1 lays the foundation on this thought by accepting that an organization must determine and provide resources. In doing so it determines the constraints and capabilities of the existing resources and what needs to be ...

17 Feb 2021

As MDSAP deadlines draw near companies are asking how to prepare for the MDSAP audit. The most basic step for the success of any management system is to say what you do and do what you say. When the system as documented is captured to reflect the “As-Is” of how it is done then implanting the system leads to conformity at all levels. Auditing Organizations (AOs) that will come to assess...

21 Dec 2020

Captain IJ Arora
With the HLS (high-level structure) common to all standards ensuring the ten-clause structure an organization can ensure the best results to its management system by having an integrated management system. A divided approach to managing an organization based on several standards can often result in environmental and quality policy being in conflict. If occupational health and safety (ISO...

15 Aug 2020

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The ISM (International Safety Management) Code, in itself, is not a magic wand, that will bring safety or prevent pollution. It depends on the organization on how it implements the Code. Safe operation of ships and the prevention of pollution should have been any organization's objective. Yet all over the world owners to save money compromise these objectives. Did not the Titanic on Apri...

01 Apr 2020

Maritime training institutions (MTIs) play a key role in the overall safety of the maritime industry by ensuring only competent seafarers are certified. Quality Standard System (QSS) enable MTIs to deliver competent seafarers using a process approach to designing and delivering courses. Since the sinking of the Titanic, the world community has been concerned with the competencies of mari...

01 Apr 2020

Five AS9100 Myths Busted!   AS9100 provides the framework for companies seeking to implement an Aerospace Quality Management System (AQMS). AS9100 is intended for manufacturing companies while AS9110 is intended for those organizations that conduct aviation/aerospace maintenance.   Myth: AS9100 certification means implementing a new system and changing the way we wo...

01 Apr 2020

Quality Standards System (QSS) For Maritime Training Institutions   Maritime training institutions (MTIs) play a key role in the overall safety of the maritime industry by ensuring only competent seafarers are certified. Quality Standard Systems (QSS) enable MTIs to deliver competent seafarers using a process approach to designing and delivering courses. Since the sinking of t...

01 Apr 2020

ISO 14001 remote audits – Pros and Cons ISO 14001 lead auditors globally are faced with a new challenge. Auditing of their systems when virtually the globe is in lockdown owing the COVID-19 virus. Fortunately, ISO 19011 in its 2011 revision allowed remote audits and even gave a table that outlines the considerations for virtual (remote audits). ISO 14001 lead auditors conducting inter...